Magdalena Andersson

Magdalena Andersson was elected prime minister of Sweden this Wednesday, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

The Social Democrat received 117 votes in favour, 57 chose to abstain and 174 deputies voted against her name and won the vote since, in Sweden, a candidate for the position of head of government does not need majority support in Parliament for approval.

According to the Swedish constitution, heads of government can be appointed to govern by parliament if 175 deputies do not vote against.

Magdalena Andersson is the first woman to hold the post of prime minister. Although Sweden is one of the countries pointed out as the most advanced in Europe in matters related to gender equality, the position of Executive leader had never been held by a woman.

The Lofven Executive was considered a “feminist government” for promoting gender equality issues.???

In Parliament today, Amineh Kababaveh, an independent deputy who supported Andersson, said that Sweden now marks 100 years since the first political decisions on universal rights and women’s suffrage.

“If women can vote but never get elected to the highest offices, then democracy is not complete,” said Kakabaveh.

“This decision was symbolic,” added the independent deputy.

Lofven will formally remain in office until the new government’s formation is announced next Friday.

Andersson, 54, will lead a minority coalition executive made up of the Social Democrats and the Greens.

In recent days, Andersson has tried to secure the support of the two minority parties that supported the previous center-left government led by Lofven: the Left Party and the Center Party.

The deputies of the two party formations abstained, not voting against Andersson.

During the negotiations, Andersson and the Left Party reached an agreement on an increase in pensions that covers a population of 700,000 Swedish pensioners with low incomes.

The next general elections in Sweden will be held on September 11 of next year.

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